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Big boxes; support for Schmeiser; squeezing veggie growers; high price of cheap food; other CropChoice news, commentary

(Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 -- CropChoice news) -- The following are links to some of the CropChoice news and commentary this week and last. To see others, please go to CropChoice. -- RS

  • CSP: Cheat the best and ignore the rest

    (Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- In legislation President Bush will sign into law this week, Congress has restored full, uncapped funding for 2005 and beyond to the ConservationSecurity Program (CSP), the landmark ‘green payments’ initiative from the 2002 Farm Bill to provide stewardship payments in support of excellence in private working farmland conservation... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2363

  • When big boxes take over the town... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2362

  • Monsanto in Argentina: Bye bye forever?

    (Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- Jorge Eduardo Rulli, Grupo de Reflexió Rural (GRR) Argentina, believes the reason Monsanto has decided to pull out of Argentina is to pressure the Kirchner administration into annuling the constitutional right of Argentinean farmers' to save their seeds for replanting the following season, thus making the countrys's agriculture even more depedent on GM crops. Argentina may soon become a test-bed for other untried and untested varieties, such as GM wheat. He says a radical rethink and redirection of the country's food production system, trade relations, and economy is needed... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2361

  • Ontario government supports Schmeiser... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2355

  • The high price of cheap food

    (Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 -- CropChoice news) -- Emily Green commentary in LA Times: When we picture a farm, we picture scenes from Old MacDonald and "Charlotte's Web," not warehouses with 10,000 chickens, or dairy cows ankle deep in ordure, clustered under tin sheds in blazing Central Valley heat. When we picture the cows, they're grazing on grass, not eating carefully formulated mixes of poultry waste and orange peels. Our understanding of the way our food is produced is so out of date that it takes a mad cow for Christmas to force our gaze to the farming world beyond the refrigerator case... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2365

  • Biotech wheat pits farmer vs. farmer... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2356

  • Monsanto pushes transgenic wheat through biosafety cracks to secure future access to lucrative African markets, says biosafety organization... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2364

  • European Commission accused of clearing GM maize to please United States... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2366

  • Monsanto warns of scarcity of hormone for dairy cows (Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 -- CropChoice news) -- Andrew Pollack, NY Times, 01/27/04: Genetically engineered growth hormone for cows that is widely used to increase milk production will be in severe short supply this year, its manufacturer, Monsanto, has told dairy farmers... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2367

  • Rising veggie imports pressure farmers... http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2368